Hawks Nation was set abuzz Wednesday with an potentially erroneous report. Or possibly the reveal was just mistimed. ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman reported that Atlanta had “parted ways” with general manager Wes Wilcox. The Hawks said otherwise.
In a statement to Mike Conti of 92-9 The Game and the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network, there have been no moves made… at this time.
It’s typical for any organization to evaluate its employees after a season, a year; whatever period of time seems natural. However, after the Hawks dropped from 60 wins in 2014-15 to 48 wins last season to 43 during this past campaign, rumors like this grow legs quickly.
Wilcox has been in his current role as GM since 2015 when he took the helm after spending three years as the team’s assistant general manager.
Not only has Atlanta’s win total decreased in each of the past two seasons, but their advance through the Eastern Conference Playoffs has been thwarted earlier. From the Finals to the semis to a first-round exit a week ago, the Hawks’ current evaluation period may be focused on righting the ship.
With the phrasing of their statement, the entire basketball operations department may be getting a work-over. “Hawks leadership is undergoing a period of evaluation and looking at how basketball operations works best…” Does that mean full-scale changes? Could they decide not to alter anything? Might the process lean over toward Mike Budenholzer, who holds two roles: head coach and president of basketball operations.
The only thing for certain at this moment… there’s nothing to report at this time.